As we prepare to open for our sixth season, we wanted to share a bit about winter before we say goodbye.
We, too, had a romantic view of what it would be like to experience Duende during the winter. Thoughts of a fire burning in the chill air while bathing in a hot tub together under the confetti of snow falling down upon us. Sounds steamy, right?
From the beginning, it was not our intention to become hoteliers. Furthermore, it was definitely not in our thoughts to do so in the Republic of Georgia. After relocating to Georgia, our initial vision was to create a place in Lagodekhi where our family could connect with nature and share quality time together without the noise of our ¨city lives¨. We did not create a business plan, nor do market research, We simply began to build from our hearts for those that we loved.
Intent has always been the heart of the Duende creation and experience. From camping on the land for a year before imagining what this project may become to working hand in hand with the local village, we choose everyday to embody love + commUNITY for what we do and in how we serve all.
Leaving our families and cultures behind to embrace the Georgian way has often been a confusing and challenging road. Like nature, our relationship with this land has gone through many cycles, judgements, limiting beliefs, and healing.
As the sun rises, you become a guest of the birds morning chant. While as the sun sets, you become an observer of the jackals and wolves evening calls. You may be relaxing in your luxury boutique treehouse or bathing in your private hot tub – nonetheless, these are the moments you know you are in the wild of the Lagodekhi National Park to disconnect and “glamp” your way in nature.